Yesterday we ran our first artists workshop for kids at the gallery. What fun! Newcastle artist Ken O'Regan facilitated as he is currently showing with us and has enormous experience in running workshops for children based around his practice in which he utilises found plastic objects and other recycled materials.
Ken arrived with a van load of colourful plastic rubbish and an assortment of old magazines, scissors, sticky tape and glue. Thirteen local kids attended and began by making 2D collages from images cut out of the magazines, before moving on to making a three dimensional piece. The concentration and enjoyment were a joy to watch, the kids had such a great time! Shame that so much less emphasis is placed on art in primary schools in this day and age as the children were so engaged with Ken and what he was showing them. The kids produced an octopus, a dolly, several dogs, a snake, some dinosaurs and a "good reaper"!
Several other artists whom we have been working with also have experience in teaching children, so the Kids Workshops will become a regular feature of our gallery program. Thanks also to JR Richards, Waste and Recycling Services for supplying materials and merchandise for the kids.